22 May 2023
Good Morning Everyone,
I continue to brag about my little garden ‘for the birds’ but, today, once again, there were more species there than at the nature centre! The wilding of the space continues to bring the migrating birds into the garden to eat and rest. There is a new book by Isabella Tree, who took land at Knepp Farm in the south of England and wilded it…this one is called The Book of Wilding. There are some chapters devoted to helping urbanites wild their spaces. It was just released and is on its way from the UK. I will let you know about it when it arrives!
Gosh..good news is always welcome and on Sunday, the good news is that River was at the nest delivering a fish to DH17. The bad news is that DH17 mantled and River could not get the fish to her only surviving eaglet. What remains of the nest is too small for her to land. Let us all hope that 17 will follow River from the nest to a place where she can feed it! So happy she is alright. Dale Hollow has had enough drama this season.
Both eaglets have fledged at Duke Farms! Big flew first and soon after Middle followed. Congratulations to Duke Farms on another fantastic eagle season.
Dylan and Seren have their second hatch at Llyn Clywedgog, just around 0600 on Monday the 22nd.
First hatch for White YW and Blue 35 at Foulshaw Moss in Cumbria this morning…oh, folks, it is beginning to happen..hatches everywhere!
Kathryn reports that Carthage TN has its first hatch of the season. Dad was there for the big event! Thanks, K. Looks like 0724 Monday the 22nd. Congratulations everyone.
‘H’ found a lovely tribute to the NE Florida nest of Samson, Gabby, and V3. Most of us know that Gabby migrates. Let us hope she returns in September, as usual, along with V3 for a new chapter at the nest.
Since his fledge, Victor Victoria has been working its wings. On Sunday morning, s/he took an earlier flight. On his return, Abby was so excited and cutely greeted him! Abby also kept her eye on Victor when he was flying, following his every move on his short spin around the nest. This is an excellent way for Victor to get his muscles strengthened.
Victor hit the fish jackpot. Abby was away and two fish came to the nest one right after the other. S/he ate them all! Times 1527 and 1535! Victor was still eating an hour later!
Dahlgren’s first hatch is looking good. On pip watch tomorrow for the second egg.
Angel and RTH5 had a nice early meal on Sunday. This nest really turned around after its very tragic start this season.
Another glorious day at the nest of Big Red and Arthur in Ithaca, New York on the grounds of the Cornell Campus.
Arthur makes a delivery and takes time to admire his babies. He will be very busy with flying and hunting training once they fledge, too.
A hatch at the Dyfi Osprey nest of Idris and Telyn always gets me excited. Soon!!!!!!! Someone has a sense of humour. And it is Telyn’s 10th birthday today…all the best Blue 3J!
Here you are as a little chick..in the middle, the only girl that year. Look at those strong legs.
Another safe night at Lake Murray! There were two fish deliveries on Sunday. The first was at 0813 and the second was a really large fish at 1606.
Lucy sleeping with and protecting C2 Sunday night.
All appears to be going well for Blue 33 and Maya at the Rutland Osprey platform. I was a little worried about Little Bob but it is getting some fish and they appear to be eating and eating and eating thanks to Blue’s fishing.
Oh, they are cute…those two babies of Laddie’s and Blue NC0s. Laddie brought in a fish right before dusk and all ate..
A really good summary from the Woodland Trust on the first week plus at LOTL:
Dylan and Seren’s little one is looking so sweet. It will also figure out how to get that fish just like Monty and Hartley’s eyas will.
I have not checked on the Dulles-Greenway trio in awhile…talk about beautiful eaglets. Martin and Rosa must be very proud!
SS6 at the US Steel Nest in Pittsburgh is also doing well. You can still see some quills from that need to break off on the tail.
Our heartbeat E22 is still at the nest. Lady Hawk caught her activities on Sunday for us. How special. Every day is precious…it could be the last. I sure hope not! Might we wish E22 would hang around? Why not? There is no female thinking of the next breeding season…OK. I am daydreaming but…
‘R’ has been watching the Achieva Osprey platform closely. We have both been very concerned about the drought and any impact it could have on the fishing for Jack and Diane and, of course, the effect on the osplets. Here is a map of the drought.
The location of the nest is circled in blue on the following map. You can see some of the water features where Diane and Jack might be fishing – but, at the same time, facing huge competition or former areas where the water could now be dry.
Diane came in with one of her big cat fish at 1709 on Sunday. There was an initial tug-o-war between Big and Mum but the fish is large enough for all three.
They see Mum coming.
Eventually, everyone eats! The ‘wad’ of black material on the nest is worrisome.
18:59. They are still working on that fish.
The first hatch at Alyth for the season.
Murphy’s eaglet has finished growing. He will not work on strengthening his muscles while all the feathers finally grow in. Aren’t they adorable?
There are four at Patchogue!
Iris had a young male visitor – Lupine, 2020 hatchling. He has a wire transmitters and they were able to match the bird with the ring information. Iris did not sound an alert and Louis did not come. How interesting.
Cal Falcons. I must admit that any stomach acid I might have does not act up when I watch falcons and hawklets. They get fed. Rarely does anything happen. They are adorable. They grow faster than ospreys and eaglets and fledge earlier. I mean the eyes of a little Peregrine Falcon could swoon the most cold hearted.
We know about the legendary speeds of the Peregrines but it is also their remarkable eyesight which is considered to be 10x that of humans. For a comparison, Wedge-tailed Eagles, the largest raptor in Australia, have eyesight 2x that of humans. You can see how extraordinary the eyesight of the falcon is!
The eyes of the Peregrine Falcon are enlarged so much that they do not ‘work’ the way human eyes do. In order to see, the falcon has to move its head – it has only a slight ability to move the eye in its socket. This is why it moves its head if a human is in front of it. It also has two foveal or positions of maximum visual acuity rather than the one that humans have. One fovea gives it forward binocular vision while the other is at an angle of 40 degrees to the axis of the bird helping it to track its prey.
All three looking out the windows!
Look at those wings go!
I have written to find out how the single falcon at San Jose City Hall is doing. How are Monty and Hartley settling in?
‘SP’ writes: “The eyas seems to be getting plenty of food. The young tiercel hasn’t been doing all the hunting, but is seen bringing in prey from time-to-time. He’s also taking regular turns at incubating.” Great news. Thank you!
Here is the feed. It takes time to get in a rhythm as a first-time Mum, Dad, and a wee eyas, but wait…this chick is adorable and it will be getting its eating skills down in a few days. Must get those eyes completely focused. One more day.!!!!!!!
Oh, thank you so much for being with me. I hope that each of you had a wonderful weekend – and for those who have a long weekend, enjoy! Savour every moment. See you soon!
Thank you to the following for their notes, posts, videos, and streaming cams that helped to make up my blog today: ‘A’, ‘H’, Kathryn, ‘R’, ‘SP’, CarnyXWild, Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Carthage TN Ospreys, AEF, Moorings Park Ospreys, Dahlgren Ospreys, Window to Wildlife, Cornell RTH, Dyfi Osprey Project, LMO, LRWT, LOTL and the Woodland Trust, Colin Douglas and Friends of Loch Arkaig, Dulles-Greenway, PIX Cams, Lady Hawk and SW Florida Eagle Cam, NOAA/NIDIS, Google Maps, Achieva Credit Union, Polly Turner and Friends of Loch Arkaig Ospreys, World Bird Sanctuary, Carol Craig and Osprey Friends, Montana Osprey Project, Cal Falcons, SK Hideaways and Cal Falcons, and SK Hideaways and San Jose City Hall.